And why you might see sheep and cows roaming our vineyard!
Ash Ridge Vineyard is situated within the Bridge Pa Triangle. The Bridge Pa Triangle is of world-famous viticultural status, as it is a location of unique topographical composition. Thousands of years ago, this section of Hawkes Bay was a part of the Ngaruroro River. This river winds gently through the valley of the Heretaunga plains, slowly carving out the terrain. As time passed, the river changed course but left behind exceptional free-draining red metal soils, overlaid by alluvium-derived loess, volcanic ash, and greywacke. As such, the ideal grape-growing topography was formed through the combination of these characteristics. This, in combination with high sunshine hours, low rainfall, and long growing days, rivals the famed viticultural region of Bordeaux.
As of Harvest 2022, Ash Ridge became a fully certified organic vineyard. Here we couple traditional and modern viticultural techniques for premium grape production. Organic viticulture is a holistic approach to agriculture where promoting biodiversity, soil health, and sustainability are paramount. At Ash Ridge, we like to incorporate sheep and cattle into our organic management and use them for both sward and canopy management.
Learn more about the Bridge Pa Triangle here: https://www.bridgepatriangle.nz/bridge-pa-triangle-wine-festival/